Dreamy Chocolate Smoothie; “dreamy” because it’s a chocolate smoothie with a creamy smooth twist. This recipe includes raspberries to give it some tartness, mango for a fruity creamy texture and dates for added sweetness.
This chocolate smoothie recipe is so delicious and satisfying and can be taken on the run as it is, or eaten in bowl topped with your favourite superfoods. Why not try cacao nibs? They’re the absolute King of superfoods, containing the highest amount of Antioxidents and Vitamin C than any other food! They also contain the highest natural source of magnesium, zinc, copper and iron, all of which are essential for a healthy metabolism.
Now let’s get into the recipe !
- 2-3 frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup fresh mango (approx half a regular mango)
- 1/2 cup coconut water (add more for thinner texture)
- 2 pitted dates
- 1 + 1/2 tbsp raw cacao
- Blend together all ingredients in high speed blender
- pour into a bowl and top with your choice of topping OR pour into glass and drink as a smoothie !
- Enjoy 🙂
” I couldn’t live without chocolate ” – no me neither !! 😄 Eating plant based does not mean you can’t have chocolate ! This lifestyle allows you to be flexible and find healthier alternatives so that you can still indulge but in a healthy and happy way.
Pancake day is quickly arriving so I thought I would share a really simple, 3 ingredient recipe for you all to try ! It’s healthy and delicious so what more could you ask for ?! Add fresh fruits, lemon, maple syrup, anything you like to it to make it your own. I’ve made a warm chocolate sauce for mine 😍 Serious indulgence !! These will keep you full for ages, I promise !!
lets get into the recipe 😉
- 1 1/2 cups of oats
- 1 banana
- 1 cup dairy free milk (I used coconut by Rude Health)
- dash of cinnamon
- 4 soft pitted dates
- 1 tbsp raw cacao
- hot water to desired consistency (you won’t need a lot)
- blend together oats, banana and milk
- pour into skillet making small circles
- patiently wait until they’re ready to flip over, roughly 2-3 minutes each side
- stack on top of each other on a plate
- then create/ chose toppings !!
if making chocolate sauce:
- blend together dates, cacao and water (hot or cold, up to you)
- pour over stack of pancakes 😍
My ultimate favourite breakfast is a bowl of fruit blended into a smoothie or Icecream, and this beauty is just incredible. Kiwi and Cherry Nicecream: The absolute best !
A few little facts about cherries:
- Help fight diabetes due to a super low GI
- Rich in antioxidents helping combat Alzeimers
- Slows the aging process, great for your skin
- Reduces muscle inflammation meaning reduced muscle pains
- Reduces joint pains from osteoarthritis
The difference between eating a bowl of Dairy Icecream and Banana Ice cream (aka Nicecream) other than the obvious health differences, is that Nicecream will leave you Satisfied and Nourished.
Dairy and sugar laden Icecream may taste good but it doesn’t leave you FULL. The high sugar and fat content makes you crave More and More to the point where you’ll probably feel quite sick. Nicecream however gives you that satisfaction of taste but will also keep you full for hours, nourished and not a shadow of guilt.
Now let’s stop the chit chat and get you started with the recipe 🙂
- 3 Frozen Bananas
- 1 Cup Frozen Cherries
- 3 Kiwi Fruit
- Squeeze of 1/2 lime (I just looove lime)
- 1 tsp hemp protein powder (added protein)
- Add all ingredients into a high speed blender and BLITZ.
- Add the fresh fruit to the bottom where the blades are so they can blend up first and give you some fluid to get the frozen fruit blended.
- Be patient. Don’t overheat your blender. If the frozen fruit isn’t blending, stop, give it a mix and try again. If it still doesn’t blend, add in a little water, coconut water or dairyfree milk to get the blender going.
- Frozen cherries from Tesco.
Hey Lovelies 🙂
The month of January is over and the mornings and evenings are getting a teeny bit brighter, hallelujah! It feels like it’s starting to etch into Spring now and I felt like making something bright and summery but also filling, hearty and warm as it is still Winter of course.
Butternut squash is under rated in my opinion and always gets wasted in soups. This recipe, cooking it slowly releases the flavours of the squash and it becomes soft and sweet, combined with the coconut milk and gentle spices it’s a real warming winner.
This Creamy Coconut, Lentil and Squash Curry recipe was inspired by Deliciously Ella’s simple style; throwing it all into a pan and waiting. This is perfect for lazy days as it means less chopping, stirring and standing over the pan. It’s also garlic and onion free for anyone with intolerances.
Enjoy and Devour.
Makes 3 servings.
- 1 Butternut Squash
- 1 Can of Lentils Vert (drained and rinsed)
- 1 Can of Coconut Milk
- 1 Can of Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 Large handful of Kale
- Handful of Fresh Coriander
- 1/2 Tbsp Turmeric
- 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
- 1/2 Tbsp Ground Ginger
- 1/2 Lemon
- Peel and chop butternut squash into cubes, set aside.
- Add coconut milk, chopped tomatoes (rinse can afterwards with a little water and add that in too), lentils, turmeric, cumin and ginger into pan and bring to boil.
- Once at boil, turn down to simmer and add in butternut squash and coriander, cook for 35 minutes.
- After 35 minutes, add in chopped kale and cook for further 10 minutes (now would be a good time to put on the rice to cook).
- After 10 minutes stir in the juice of half a lemon, serve and enjoy. (When ready squash should be soft, if it’s not ready continue to cook until soft).
Sometimes all we want to eat is a big bowl of creamy pasta and I am here to give you that option with no guilt in sight and a recipe that is packed full of creamy deliciousness! Did you know that cashews could be made into a “cheese”? Sounds crazy but it’s true. Cashew alfredo sauce is a much healthier alternative to regular alfredo; it remains creamy, delicious and the cashews add a slight sweetness to the dish also.
The versatility to this dish is great so I have given you the recipe to a basic alfredo sauce but do feel free to add a fresh raw salad with it or some cooked veggies too. It’s quick and easy to make so try it for yourself and enjoy with no guilt at all 🙂
- 2 Medium sized Potatoes
- 1/2 White Onion
- 1/2 Cup Cashews
- 1 tbsp. Fresh Coriander (or 1 tbsp. dried herbs of choice)
- Juice of 1/2 Lemon
- 4 Cloves of Garlic
- Salt and Pepper to taste
This sauce is enough for 2 large portions so cook pasta accordingly, (or save a portion for the next day).
- Put on pasta to cook
- Whilst the pasta cooks boil your potatoes and onion until cooked (should be about 10-15minutes)
- Remove potatoes and onion from pan and keep the stock
- Put ALL ingredients into a blender along with 1 cup of the stock left over from the potatoes and onion (add more if you want a thinner sauce)
- Blend all ingredients together and you have your sauce!!
- Voila! Pour over pasta and devour 🙂
Raw Chocolate and Goji Berry Bar; tastes like a chewy chocolate bar but super healthy and of course all vegan!!
Perfect for on the go snacking this bar provides you with healthy Fats, Protein and Carbs to keep you full and satisfied. Not only that but did you know that Goji Berries are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and a great source of Iron? It’s also a Complex Carb which means it is full of Fibre and won’t spoke your blood sugars!
Do you need any more convincing?
Try for yourself and enjoy with no guilt 🙂
- 1/2 Cup Pecans
- 1/2 Cup Oats
- 1 Cup Pitted Dates
- 1/4 Cup Raw Cacao
- 2 Tbsp Goji Berries
- In a Food Processor, Nutri Bullet or Vitamix, blitz the Oats and Nuts into a flour
- Add in Dates, Cacao and Goji Berries
- Pulse together until it forms a sticky ball
- Shape into 5 bars
- Refrigerate overnight
- Enjoy ! 🙂
This is a basic kale salad recipe which as a basic can be enjoyed in many ways. It can be an accompaniment to a main meal, a light lunch or bulk it up with potatoes, rice or quinoa.
Here are a few little facts about the marvellous green warrior:
- Rich in Calcium: 1 portion (80g) of cooked kale contains 120mg!!
- Great source of folate, the naturally occurring form of folic acid in food. (Folic acid: rich in Vitamin B, supports a healthy functioning immune system)
- Super high in fibre (keeps you regular!)
- Rich in the Lutein: for optimal eye health (you’ll have vision like a hawk!)
- Rich in Vitamin A: good skin and vision
- More Vitamin C than carrots! (17 times more, gram for gram in fact)
- Excellent source of Vitamin K: normal blood clotting and maintaining normal bones
This recipe contains lots of healthy plant-based protein, good carbs and healthy fats; it’s absolutely delicious and I hope you enjoy it 🙂
- 200g Uncooked Kale
- 1 Lime
- 1 Tbsp Tahini
- 1 Tbsp Tamari (or Soy Sauce)
- roasted and cubed sweet potato, cooked rice or cooked quinoa
- linseeds, sunflower seeds and/ or pine nuts
- In a bowl mix together the juice of the lime, the tahini and tamari. Stir until it makes a paste.
- Pour mix over the kale and with hands massage the dressing into the kale until it wilts and is fully covered.
- Mix in your extras such as sweet potato, rice or quinoa and top with some seeds and rasins.
You can’t get much better than a delicious bowl of Nicecream for breakfast and today I’m sharing with you this simple and in season delicious delight; Persimmon and Kiwi Nicecream !!
For anyone who doesn’t know, Nicecream is simply frozen bananas blitzed into an Icecream consistency; it’s simply amazing. Being vegan or lactose intolerant doesn’t mean you have to cut Icecream out of your life, try Nicecream and once you start you won’t be able to stop. Vary your ingredients and each time I am sure you will be completely satisfied.
Top with some added nutrition and crunch (nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, dried fruits etc) to get that Icecream sundae feeling, but without the loaded fats, sugar and animal products !
- 3 Large Frozen Bananas
- 3 Kiwis (Skin removed)
- 1 Persimmon (AKA Sharon fruit)
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Water (Optional)
- 1/2 Small Juiced Lime
- Add all ingredients into a high speed blender and BLEND !!
- Pour into a bowl and top with healthy extras such as strawberries, flaked almonds and chia seeds.
- Eat with a spoon and ENJOY !!